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Baftas 2011: ‘The King’s Speech’ bags fourteen noms

The nominations were announced this morning for the 2011 Baftas, with Tom Hooper’s period drama The King’s Speech (2010) leading the way with fourteen nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Colin Firth’s turn as the stammering King George VI. American director Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated psychological ballet thriller Black Swan (2010) – released in UK cinemas this Friday (review here) – follows closely behind with twelve nods. As expected, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours (2010), Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010), David Fincher’s The Social Network (2009) and the Coen brothers’ visceral western True Grit (2010) all feature highly in the nominations.

Best Picture
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit 

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan – Inception 

Best Actor
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours 

Best Actress
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit 

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite – The Town
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech 

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Barbara Hershey – Black Swan
Lesley Manville – Another Year
Miranda Richardson – Made in Dagenham 

Best British Film
127 Hours
Another Year
Four Lions
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
The Arbor – Clio Barnard (director), Tracy O’Riordan (producer)
Exit Through The Gift Shop – Banksy (director), Jaimie D’Cruz (producer)
Four Lions – Chris Morris (director/writer)
Monsters – Gareth Edwards (director/writer) 

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful – Mexico/Spain
The Secret in Their Eyes – Argentina
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Sweden
I Am Love – Italy
Of Gods and Men – France 

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
How To Train Your Dragon
Despicable Me 

Best Original Screenplay
Black Swan – Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin
The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception – Christopher Nolan
The Kids are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech – David Seidler 

Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt
True Grit – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen 

Best Original Score
127 Hours – A.R. Rahman
Alice in Wonderland – Danny Elfman
How To Train Your Dragon – John Powell
Inception – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat 

Best Cinematography
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit 

Best Editing
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network 

Best Production Design
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit 

Best Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham
True Grit 

Best Sound
127 Hours
Black Swan
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit 

Best Special Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I
Inception
Toy Story 3 

Best Make-up and Hair
Alice in Wonderland
Black Swan
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham 

Best Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag
Matter Fisher
Thursday 

Best Short Film
Connect
Lin
Rite
Turning
Until The River Runs Red

Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

What do you think of the Bafta 2011 shortlist? Did they make the right choices? Are there any films you would have liked to have seen feature more heavily? Let us know using the comment box below.

Daniel Green